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day after, being first-day, at Matinicock, wherein the kingdom of Christ was exalted, and the deformed state of sin and iniquity represented, and the example and doctrine of Christ closely recommended, in order to the overcoming sin; this being not only possible, but the duty of Christians through the power of Christ, and true faith in his holy name; and the danger of believing, that it is impossible to overcome sin, was opened to them, and that such a belief is contrary to, and against Christ and his doctrine, and darkens and blinds the hearts of men; but the love of Christ enlightens the soul, and strengthens it to believe, that all things are possible with God: for this great work cannot be done in the will, wit, and power of man, but through the power and grace of Christ, which he promised to true believers in him. I was faint after this meeting, but resting a little I soon grew better, so that we had an evening-meeting at James Cock's, where one came and told us we must not eat any flesh, and produced Thomas Tryon's works for his proof; but I took the bible, and shewed him a proof to the contrary, and told him, we were resolved to believe our book before his, and shewed him from the apostle, that the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, (nor divers washings,) but righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Ghost, Romans xiv. 17. Though at the same time, according to the doctrine of Christ and his apostles, I was for temperance in meats and drinks, as well as moderation in apparel.
The next day we had a very large meeting at Oyster-Bay, many being there, who were not of our society, who steadily gave attention to what was declared. Here being many young people, they were persuaded to give up their blooming years to do the will of God, and to remember him their Creator, in their youthful days. Friends said, there had not been such a meeting there a great while, for which opportunity I was humbly thankful to the Lord. After meeting we went to Samuel Underhill's, and had an evening-meeting with his brother, who, through sickness and lameness, could not get out for a long time. Next day, Samuel Bowne being with me, we went to visit a young woman that was weak in body, but lay in a comfortable frame of mind; she was thankful for our visit, and said the visits of her friends were comfortable to her. Next day, being the fourth-day of the week, we had a meeting at the widow Taylor's, who desired it on account of her father, who was in the 88th year of his age, and so infirm, that he could not get to meetings; he was very clear in bis understanding and memory, and was much refreshed with this meeting, as were divers of us also. Next day we had a meeting at Flushing, which was large and open, and the grace and
of Christ was with us in the ministration of the gospel. After this meet. ing, we had an evening-meeting with our ancient friend Joseph Thorne, who by reason of his age and infirmity, could not go abroad as far as to the
meeting. The house was crowded with his neighbours and friends, and we had a solid, good time together. While at Flushing I went to visit a young woman who was a most dismal spectacle to behold, an object of great pity: her face, hand and foot being much eaten away by the king's evil; our prayers were, that now in her great misery, the Almighty would be pleased to support her soul by his grace and Spirit, and sanctify her afflictions to her, that it might work for her a more exceeding weight of glory in that world which is to come. The next first-day we had a large meeting at Flushing, where many weighty truths were opened to the satisfaction and edification of the auditory, and in the evening we had a meeting with the wife of Matthew Farrington, who was too weakly to go abroad; the neighbours came in, and we had a seasonable opportunity. The next third-day was the youth's meeting at Flushins, in which we were concerned to exhort them to obedience to God and their parents, and to follow their parents as they follow Christ; for where any leave Christ, there we are to leave their example, though they were our fathers or mothers; and the right honouring of our parents was set forth, and they exhorted not to despise the day of small things; and the happy state of the obedient, and the unhappy state of the disobedient, and many weighty truths were delivered to them in that meeting by several experienced Friends. From Flushing I went to the
week-day meeting at New-Town, and in the evening we had a meeting at the widow Way’s; the neighbours coming in, we had a good time with them : the parable of the ten virgins was treated of, and the great disadvantage of wanting the Divine oil of grace in our vessels, was shewn to them.
The next day, being the fifth of the week, we had a very large satisfactory meeting at the widow Alsup's at the Kills, and from thence with several Friends went to New-York, where we had three meetings to our edification, the weather still remaining extremely cold, but we felt the love of Christ to warm our hearts, and though I think I never felt it colder, I never had my health better. Several Friends accompanied us to the boat at New-York, the water being open on that side, we took our leave of each other, and put out for the other shore ; but before we got there we were blocked up in the ice, and it was a considerable time before we could work our way through, but at last we got well on Long-Island, where I waited some hours for company, who through some difficulty got on shore; after which we went to the Narrows, through a storm of wind and snow, but the wind being high, we could not get over that night, nor the next day, the ice having come down and filled the hay: when the tide had driven away the ice, we put out and got well over, and lodged at the ferry-house on StatenIsland. Next morning we went to the ferry at
the Blazing-Star, over against Woodbridge, but it was all fastened with ice, and we not daring to venture over it, went to the ferry at Amboy, and got comfortably over; staid there that night, and next day went to Trenton, and lodged at Captain Gould's, who treated me very kindly, I being much tired with travelling. Next morning I went over the Delaware river on the ice, as we had also the day before at Rariton, and that day, being the 5th of the twelfth month, I got safe home to my loving spouse and tender children, where. I found all well, and a hearty reception, having travelled 600 miles, and attended above 60 meetings.
After having been at home, and at our own meeting at Frankfort, I went to the quarterlymeeting at Philadelphia, where Friends were glad to see me.
On the next Fifth-day I was at the marriage of Thomas Masters and Hannah Dickinson, where were many sober people, not of our society.
Having been lately among Friends at LongIsland, and been comforted in the many opportunities we had together, it came into my mind to visit them with an epistle at their quarterly-meeting at Flushing, which was as followeth:
“ Frankfort, 12th Month, 1725. “My dear and well-beloved Friends, “ Believing it might be acceptable to you to hear that I was got well to my habitation in such